Category Archives: Suspense

Suspense fiction

Robert Bloch: Psycho

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Mary nodded to herself, resisting the impulse to close her eyes, and then jerked erect, scanning the side of the road through the blur of rainswept darkness. That’s when she saw the sign, set beside the driveway which led to … Continue reading

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Maigret’s Dead Man trailer

ITV has released the trailer for the second Maigret film starring Rowan Atkinson. I enjoyed the last one (see my review at The Killing Times), although the general reaction was one of ‘so what?’. Still, ITV are clearly confident, as … Continue reading

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Mary Higgins Clark: Where are the Children?

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She’d come to Cape Cod because she’d always heard that New Englanders and Cape people were reticent and reserved and wanted nothing to do with strangers, and that was good. She needed a place to hide, to find herself, to … Continue reading

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Ethel Lina White: Step in the Dark

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It was only ten days since she had left England, for the first time in her life. Since then, much had happened – and it had happened too quickly. She had come to Brussels and met the Count.

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Margery Allingham: No Love Lost

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No Love Lost contains two non-series novellas by Past Offences favourite Margery Allingham. As the title suggests, the two stories are connected by the theme of love, although the damage caused by gossip in small communities is a strong secondary theme. … Continue reading

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Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park

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‘I just wanted you to know exactly where you stood. You’re not here legally. You’re not here illegally either, because then you’d have a leg to stand on. You’re simply not here at all, and there’s no way you can … Continue reading

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Richard Condon: The Manchurian Candidate

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I was not at all expecting The Manchurian Candidate to be the book it is. It’s packaged, in this 2004 movie tie-in edition at least, as a slick-looking starring-Denzel-Washington-and-from-the-director-of-The-Silence-of-the-Lambs techno-thriller – ‘It’s not a nightmare if it’s really happening’. But what … Continue reading

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Adam Hall: The Quiller Memorandum

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We are alone. We are committed to the tenets of individual combat and there is no help for him who falls. Save a life and we save a man who will later watch us through the cross-hairs and squeeze the … Continue reading

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Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought

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Dr Bickleigh, an unassuming little chap with a distinct inferiority complex, lives in the exclusive hamlet of Wyvern’s Cross with his domineering wife Julia. Julia is one of the Devonshire Crewstantons; Bickleigh the son of a shopkeeper. She rules Bickleigh … Continue reading

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Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train

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We’ve covered Strangers on a Train previously on Past Offences. New-friend-of-the-blog Moira from Clothes in Books reviewed as a guest post back in 2012. I’d forgotten how we set it up: Rich had the idea that he should get someone … Continue reading

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